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IRLS405 - National and Transnational Justice

Course Details

Course Code: IRLS405 Course ID: 4005 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course provides an overview of many transitional and transnational justice approaches. Beginning with Nuremberg through to the International Criminal Courts, students will gain a thorough understanding of the global justice endeavors and their connection to human security.





Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
12/30/19 - 05/29/20 06/01/20 - 07/26/20 Spring 2020 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1: Analyze the role of justice in transitional processes.

CO-2: Compare and contrast contemporary approaches to transitional and transnational justice.

CO-3: Appraise transitional justice within the confines of criminal tribunals, truth and reconciliation commissions (TRCs), vetting processes, restitution schemes, and indigenous justice experiments.

CO-4: Examine the political challenges of implementing international criminal law in the domestic context.

CO-5: Assess the impact of limited jurisdiction, security, timing, and resources on the enforcement of transnational/transitional justice.

Forum discussions – 25 percent

In many weeks, a discussion question is provided and posts should reflect an assimilation of the readings. In this class, formal discussions covering the course materials and lessons are held in Weeks 2, 4, 5, 7, and 8. During these weeks, students are required to provide a substantive initial post by Thursday at 11:55 pm ET and respond to more than 2 classmates by Sunday at 11:55 pm ET. Forum posts are graded on timeliness, relevance, knowledge of the weekly readings, and the quality of original ideas. A forum discussion rubric is located with each week’s discussion in classroom.

Midterm assignment - 25 percent

This assignment is an essay of 2 questions, 3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

Progress assignment - 25 percent

Specialized Exercise. 8-10 pages including research and analysis.

Final assignment – 25 percent

This assignment is an essay of 2 questions, 3 pages each, to test knowledge and assimilation of the course objectives. The exclusive use of required texts and readings from this course is mandatory.

NameGrade %
Forum Discussions 25.00 %
Week 2 5.00 %
Week 4 5.00 %
Week 5 5.00 %
Week 7 5.00 %
Week 8 5.00 %
Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Week 3 - Midterm Assignment 25.00 %
Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Week 6 - Progress Assignment 25.00 %
Final Assignment 25.00 %
Week 8 - Final Assignment 25.00 %
  • Required Course Textbooks

The required texts for this course are: (available as ebooks in the classroom)

Anders, Gerhard, and Zenker, Olaf. 2014. Development and Change Special Issues: Transition and Justice : Negotiating the Terms of New Beginnings in Africa. Somerset, NJ, USA: Wiley.

Battersby, Paul, Joseph M. Siracusa, and Sasho Ripiloski. 2011. Crime Wars. Westport, CT:Praeger (Chapter 6.)

Jackson, Donald W. et al. eds. 2010. Globalizing Justice : Critical Perspectives on Transnational Law and the Cross-Border Migration of Legal Norms New York: SUNY Press.

Sands, Philippe. 2003. From Nuremberg to The Hague : The Future of International Criminal Justice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (Chapters 1 and 2 only.)

Simpson, Kirk. 2009. Truth Recovery in Northern Ireland: Critically Interpreting the Past Manchester, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • External websites and other assigned reading found in the Lessons area of the classroom.

  • Weekly Lesson Notes and videos or audio files are found in the Lessons area of the classroom.
Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit http://apus.libguides.com/er.php to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.